Ever Alice


Fiction - Fantasy - General
356 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Ever Alice is a work of fiction in the fantasy and coming of age drama sub-genres and was penned by author H. J. Ramsey. Exploring the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland and inventing new concepts therein, the author takes us back into the world of Alice at age fifteen, where she finds herself desperate to leave the asylum she’s in. A traumatic choice leads her back to Wonderland, where her new adventures with the White Rabbit and the deadly Queen of Hearts begin again. What results is a rip-roaring adventure tale that has plenty of psychological twists and modern perspectives on the classic tale we know and love.

Author H. J. Ramsey has crafted a wonderful balance between paying homage to the classic tale and conceptual world of Alice In Wonderland, whilst also crafting a more updated viewpoint that brings readers to the story from a new angle. Highly suitable for both teen readers and adult fans alike, this version of Alice is shrewder than before but still has her curiosity and naivety, and she undergoes a firm emotional arc with plenty of growth. Wonderland itself is a well-described masterpiece, filled with excellent details that blend our old concepts with Ramsey’s new and colorful brand of surreal psychology. In what I thought was a unique addition to the narrative, we also get the perspective of Rosamund, Queen of Hearts, which makes for an exciting plot as their two narratives converge. Overall, I would certainly recommend Ever Alice to readers who love the classics and want a high-quality continuation to fall in love with Wonderland all over again.

Liz Konkel

Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay is a fresh twist on Alice in Wonderland that puts a delightful spin on all your favorite characters while delivering a new story. Alice’s parents expected her to grow out of her fanciful tales, but when she refused to let Wonderland fade away, they sent her to an asylum under the care of a doctor determined to make her forget. Alice is desperate to return home to her parents, sister, and to her beloved cat Dinah, so much so that she agrees to an experimental procedure that has costly effects. Soon, she’s quickly whisked away after the White Rabbit returns for her just in the nick of time and takes her back to Wonderland where she’s tasked with a shocking order: kill the Queen of Hearts. Once again, Alice finds herself facing off against the Queen of Hearts, but can she follow orders before her head is the next one on the chopping block?

Alice’s adventures in Wonderland are in the past with her childhood and in her present, she’s trapped within an asylum where a doctor is determined to help her get “better”. H.J. Ramsay brilliantly captures the voice and tone of the classic tales of Alice in Wonderland while poignantly bringing to life the time period through the mannerisms and the treatments that Alice endures during her stay in the asylum. Ramsay delves into the reality of Wonderland in a unique way while still capturing the classic madness of it. All your favorite Wonderland characters make an appearance, paying homage to their classic personas only with a twist that Ramsay places upon them, digging deeper into each character and even providing new names along with their classic monikers. Ever Alice is a brilliant foray into Wonderland that has surprises, delightful homages to the original tale, and a descent into madness that will leave you wanting more.

Trisha Dawn

H.J. Ramsay’s Ever Alice is a new take on Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and what happens after. Growing up, Alice couldn’t help but share her memories of Wonderland with others. However, her stories weren’t received well by the people around her. Thinking that something is wrong with her, Alice is sent to an asylum. All Alice wants to do is go back home, so she agrees to an experimental procedure that would “cure” her, according to her doctor. However, Alice senses that the medical staff is up to something, so she has second thoughts on the procedure. She changes her mind at the last minute but, unfortunately, no one listens to her. In the exact moment she needs help, guess who shows up? The White Rabbit appears before her and helps her escape to Wonderland once again, but there is a catch. Alice is given an impossible mission and, to get what she wants, she sees no way out of it. Will Alice be able to complete this mission and finally go back home to her family?

Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsey is a well written, unforgettable piece that reeled me in from the very first chapter. The moment I read the summary of this book, I immediately knew it would be an interesting and remarkable story that would exceed my expectations and I was right! The way Ramsey describes the scenarios is so vivid and detailed that I almost felt like I was one of the characters of the book, watching everything unfold. Ever Alice is so poignant and the characters are so dear to me that I got upset about the White Rabbit. It was a really heartbreaking scene. I feel this book has great potential to become a best-seller novel with its interesting setting, well-defined characters, and magnetic plot. Words are not enough to express how impressed and taken I was with this novel! Ever Alice has truly left an impact on me. Good job!